Chinta is a Bali lover & interior designers paradise, filled with unique homewares to buy while also being a vibrant Asian themed cafe. See why its popular:
If you’re looking for great coffee + an amazing brunch spot + instagram-worthy opportunities + luxurious cultural escape in Perth (without the travel expenses), then may I suggest checking out the gorgeous Chinta Cafe in North Perth.
What is Chinta? It’s a stylish two storey warehouse that’s filled with unique furniture and homewares from around the world for sale, as well as being a vibrant Asian themed cafe with a lush outdoor courtyard.
Originally an old mechanics workshop & garage, Chinta converted the large warehouse into a feast for the senses, keeping some of the old owners’ decor and fusing it with New York industrial design while on the cafe side, distinctly showing off its love for Bali with vibrant tropical decor and details you can relax and dine in.
Many visitors and dine-in customers remark how Chinta is a cross between “Seminyak in Bali” and “New York Industrial”. Keep this in mind next time you visit and let me know if you agree!
I’ve been twice so far to Chinta – first time for a dinner booking with a friend, and the second time for coffee & breakfast by myself (this explains why I’m wearing two different outfits in this article, haha).
The first time I went, I was blown away by the sheer magnitude of interesting ‘stuff’ that’s inside Chinta – so much stuff which has been directly imported from around the globe and Bali, all arranged and showcased to the finest detail, and almost all of it is available to buy! Chinta truly is an interior designers paradise, and you’ll find some great artwork and books there for sale.
Being an unusual homewares store mixed together with a tropical style cafe, Chinta really shows off its love for all things Balinese. From the ratten chairs, mix-matched furniture, recycled wooden tables and lush greenery, the ambiance here is tranquil, summery, fresh and cozy. And with the illuminating lighting fixtures and Balinese umbrellas adorning the courtyard, you really do feel like you’re in a private retreat away from the hustle and bustle of Perth suburbia.
You will also find plenty of seating options here in this large two storey warehouse, making it a solid contender for hosting celebratory events such as birthdays or large group dinners. Or, you could just return solo, as I did for breakfast, haha. I needed to try their coffee! (spoiler alert: it was great!)
Delicious & Varied Menu
Chinta has an extensive and varied menu that caters to everyone, from the big breakfast, chorizo eggs, korean bibim bap dish, Nasi Goreng, summer beef brisket, chicken quesadilla, seafood linguine, chef’s curry, smokey pork belly, wagyu beef burger, steak and chips, Gua Bao Buns, Gado Gado Indonesian street food and fish of the day to name plenty. There’s also plenty of vegetarian, vegan and gluten free options available on the menu too.
For my solo breakfast date at Chinta, I ordered coffee with the Vegan Bruschetta, after spending a considerable amount of time on Chinta’s Instagram looking at their menu (hard choices). I’m not a vegan, but I figured since I got the Duck Confit last time at Chinta (which was so good I forgot to take a photo of it), I thought I’d mix it up a little bit, plus I wasn’t too hungry this time round.
The Vegan Bruschetta was fresh, healthy and light. Delicious flavours and really satisfying. The coffee was great quality too. A very fulfilling breakfast – I really wanted to order a juice or smoothie (because they look AMAZINGGGG on their instagram) but alas, I held back. Next time, next time.
The Very Short Story Behind Chinta
So a very quick backstory of the business. Chinta was created out of the owners’ own love for Bali, whom after travelling to Bali for many holidays over the years, decided to bring back some of the fabulous Balinese products back to Perth to sell.
In 2003, the Chinta business was born, aptly named after the Balinese word for ‘Love’, the owners unloaded 20 foot containers into their loungeroom before opening up their first premise in Balcatta, operating out of a warehouse wholesaling unique homeware. Over a few glasses of red one night, the owners then decided to open their own retail store to stock unique and large pieces that were difficult to wholesale and combining it with a restaurant/cafe.
Fast forward to now, and the Chinta Cafe in North Perth is celebrating its fifth birthday this year, carving itself as quite the favourite hotspot for homeware enthusiasts (and coffee & foodie lovers) throughout Perth.
Take a virtual tour below:
Conveniently located and divinely decorated inside, Chinta is my absolute new favourite place to catch up with friends! Great ambiance, lush fit out, plentiful instagram-worthy opportunities, friendly service and nice coffee… I’m looking forward to returning to try more of their menu which you can check out in advance on their instagram!!
The customer service was great both times I was there – the staff are very friendly and aren’t afraid to have a chat and laugh with you. The French waiter working there is fantastic. During dinner there, the owner of Chinta personally took me on a tour of the place which I thought was nice of him. Really friendly people here, no pretentious vibes whatsoever. Love it!
Oh and one last thing – if you see something you like (decor wise) while sipping away on your drink – it’s probably available to purchase. Ask one of the friendly waiters to find out. Shopping while eating? Ha, yes please!
- Serves breakfast lunch, coffee and dinner.
- Street and parking lot parking available
- Takes Reservations
- Walk-Ins Welcome
- Good For Groups
- Good For Kids
- Take Out
- Outdoor Seating
CHINTA, North Perth